In the trashed former ÖAMTC offices out near Wetzeldorf, earlier this year, the classic line-up of the Entropy Circus reunited to bring back the old magic. We weren't entirely sure what the old magic might be said to consist of, so we asked them about this during the mixing sessions at Soleri Mansions later in the day:
KIRCHNER: It's hard to put your finger on it, isn't it?
KRISHNA: Yeah, it's not easy to define.
KIRCHNER: It's not even like it's in the machines. Sure, a lot of what we do is in our relationship to the machines but this isn't like Jean Michel Jarre re-recording Oxygene, is it?
KITCHENER: Well, for one thing, none of our equipment is anywhere near as desirable as the stuff Jarre used.
KRISHNA: I liked the Super JV.
KITCHENER: I don't even like analogue very much. I'm a MIDI girl really. Analogue is a kind of a mid-life crisis technology.
KIRCHNER: Be fair!
KITCHENER: It is though. It's for aging men who are hung-up on craftsmanship.
KRISHNA: The Crybaby Wah. That's the second one I've bought. Battered old thing. It's got a sound though.
KIRCHNER: I think the old magic is mostly about not being able to play very well. I don't think we could get that back even if we tried. It's an elusive quality not being able to play for shit.
KITCHENER: I try to play less these days. Less is more.
KRISHNA: I wish I'd used the Silvertone on these sessions.
KIRCHNER: It's easy to get hung-up on ability, you know? It's easy to get hung-up on inability too. Like the outsider thing. I'm not really a primitive guy.
KITCHENER: It's mostly down to the mathematics.
KIRCHNER: So you've gotta sort of move forward while moving backward. It's like moving without moving. A step to the side. Moving at an angle to the world. Did you ever hear the way that Ravi Shankar described it?
KITCHENER: It's numbers, muscle memory and chemistry mostly.
KRISHNA: I don't like changing my strings. I prefer a duller tone.
KITCHENER: I don't mean chemistry between the band members. If you pay too much attention to each other it all becomes a sort of an in joke at the expense of the audience.
KIRCHNER: Pink Floyd were great in '68, but look at them now.
KITCHENER: It's not like we ever liked each other very much.
KIRCHNER: I sometimes cry when I think about how Syd ended up.
KRISHNA: I have to wear Converse to play. Those are my rules.
KITCHENER: I'm not sure we'll be doing this again too often.
In Den Einkaufswagen, Oida was recorded in Graz in winter and spring 2017 by Sally Kitchener, Solomon Kirchner & Zali Krishna.